Undergraduate: Level 4
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 August 2019
Requisites for this module
The rise and fall of the various historical empires--the Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, British and others--is a familiar story, but that is not the focus of this module. Instead, we will examine the many ways in which people across the globe opposed imperial domination (broadly construed), with special attention to the campaigns, both violent and non-violent, that contested and ultimately helped to alter the old world order. We will see that although many of these movements were crushed, empires were far from invincible and always faced opposition.
At the heart of the module will be a set of case studies ranging from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, with examples from the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa. We will pose three basic questions to each case. First, we will seek to understand the nature of imperial domination in each region and period, the historically specific structures and policies, as well as the constant push and pull that gave shape to ordinary lives. Second, we will examine the resistance movements, their ideas, goals, and methods. Finally, we will try to understand the reasons for the success or failure of each movement.
1. To familiarize students with the concept of resistance and its various modes.
2. To provide students with an understanding of the ways in which resistance shaped imperial project itself.
3. To introduce students to the methods and approaches employed by scholars in reading sources normally produced from the metropolitan perspective.
On completing the module, students will:
1. Have an awareness of key definitions and debates concerning the nature of colonial domination and resistance.
2. Be able to identify and interpret a number of resistance movements throughout history, and be able to situate them within their specific historical contexts.
3. Be familiar with the theoretical and methodological problems of studying resistance in a European-dominated archive
4. Have gained key discipline-specific skills in preparation for the final year research project.
General reading list:
James C. Scott, Weapons of the Weak (1985).
James C. Scott, Domination and the Art of Resistance (1990).
Eric Hobsbawm, Primitive Rebels (1959).
Antoinette Burton, The Trouble with Empire (2015).
Heather Streets and Trevor Getz, Empires and Colonies in the Modern World: A Global Perspective (2016).
This module does not appear to have any essential texts. To see non-essential items, please refer to the module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
|Coursework / exam
||Primary source analysis (1000 words)
||Take home exam (2000 words)
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Belinda Waterman, Department of History, 01206 872313
Dr Simon Rofe
University of London
Reader in Diplomatic and International Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 40 hours, 40 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).
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